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Home > Catalog > |Byzantine Coins| > |Dynasty of the Angeli| > |Alexius III| > SH81912
Byzantine Empire, Alexius III Angelus-Comnenus, 8 April 1195 - 17 July 1203
Alexius III, corrupt and ineffective, was more interested in plundering than defending his empire. The 4th Crusade laid siege to Constantinople for several weeks before it surrendered. Alexius, true to his nature, fled with considerable gold. He was a hostage of the Seljuqs of Rum when Theodore I Lascaris defeated Kaykhusraw I in 1211. Alexius was sent to a monastery where he died.
SH81912. Gold hyperpyron, DOC IV 1b; SBCV 2008; Hendy pl. 22, 3; Wroth BMC 3-6, Ratto 2199; Morrisson BnF 2, gVF, but areas of flatness in the strike, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, weight 4.439g, maximum diameter 27.1mm, die axis 180o, 8 Apr 1195 - 17 Jul 1203; obverse KE RO HΘEI (the lord God), Christ Pantokrator standing facing on dais, with crossed nimbus, wearing pallium and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left, IC - XC flanking head; reverse AΛEZIW ∆ECΠO−TW KOMNHNW, Alexius, on left, and St. Constantine, on right, both stand facing, holding patriarchal cross between them, Constantine nimbate and wearing loros, Alexius wearing crown with pendilia, divitision and chlamys, akakia in right; ex Glenn Woods; SOLD










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Byzantine Coins of Alexius III